Six down, a billion to go: Cubs prospect Kris Bryant is on a mission to mash all the homers
It's only March and every Kris Bryant at-bat already has the "EVERYONE STOP TALKING AND WATCH WHAT'S ABOUT TO HAPPEN" kind of hype. The Cubs' third baseman of the future (or right this second, even) had already launched four homers in 18 Spring Training at-bats heading into Saturday's split-squad exhibition against the Athletics.
When Bryant was scratched from the lineup before the first pitch, it looked as though spectators would have to rely on someone else to hit souvenirs into the outfield sea--NEVER MIND! Bryant came off the bench to mash two more dingers.
That brings his Spring Training total to six in just 20 at-bats.
In case you haven't already had the pleasure (or perhaps because you have and are back for seconds, thirds, fourths and probably fifths), here's the CliffsNotes version of why Bryant is the Majors' next big thing.
In 2014, he led the Minors in homers:
Bryant wasted little time getting to work at Spring Training this year, going yard in the third game:
Then, he was the caboose in the Soler-Baez-Bryant back-to-back-to-back freight train that rolled through Indians Spring Training:
He hit two in the same game against the Angels, including one that eluded the grasp of superstar center fielder Will Ferrell:
And doubled his pleasure, doubled his fun (again) against the Athletics on Saturday.
If it hasn't already, the U.S. government should deploy an entire team of its top scientists out to Arizona to research how we can harness that kind of power into some sort of renewable energy source.